Printemps à Paris (Spring in Paris)

Trees are sprouting leaves, flowers are in bloom, sparrows sing wake-up melodies at dawn, and morning rain cleans the narrow cobble stone streets. It is spring in Paris. With spring sun giving a shimmer of warmth and sunlight from the dull, grey days of winter, people are donning sunglasses, hitting the cafés, and sitting outside on the terraces to take it all in. Children (and adults) tend to skip, not walk, and smile a little more as the sun now pierces through the clouds beating down on them. The jardins are now a venue for a pique-nique lunch, or afternoon snack. Read More »

Brocante — Avenue Mozart

IMGP3769.JPGThrough this Saturday and Sunday only,  April 25 and 26, a chic brocante will be on Avenue Mozart in the haute 16th Arrondissement of Paris.  In the Village d’Auteuil area, treasure hunters can shop for fine silver, paintings, Baccarat glassware, and the usual bric-brac one can find at these events.  Nearby, you can enjoy lunch at our favorite pizza place and family oriented restaurant among the elite of the area, at Pizzeria d’Auteuil.   Or stop off for un cafe at Café Bo Zinc – which not only serves espresso but has a menu of smart drinks and is great for a tasty little lunch. Read More »

L’Epi Dupin — The Bistro that Was

WP_20150123_022Every once in a while you hear about that charming bistro that has been lauded for years as that little find, yet never could find the time to go.  L’Epi Dupin, on quaint Rue Dupin near Le Bon Marche in the haute 6th Arrondissement, was one of those places.  Small, tres Francaise, chalkboard menu, inventive, moderately priced, chic — all the things you want for that dinner night out with friends or a lover.  So when I finally made a reservation, within a week’s time, and a slot was open for me, my wife and friends, the warning sign was already there — too easy to get in!    Read More »

La Cevicheria

11046180_885085121547504_1639320979827019605_nLiving in a city like Paris, it is difficult to find a happening new resto before some newspaper destroys it with a rave review. With La Cevicheria, I feel as though I got the scoop!

I went for the first time on a Friday night, with a table of ten – which for the size of their location took quite some convincing – believe me! They have since moved the restaurant to a larger space, and I am sure now that party size will present less of an issue. We were not able to sit until after 10PM, but found this spot to be well worth the wait. The atmosphere there immediately pulls you in, and the staff seems genuinely happy to have you there. Read More »

Easter In Paris

Pâques (Easter and Passover) in Paris is all about chocolate, easter eggs, and fun activities for children.  Windows of chocolate shops are lined with ornate chocolate eggs, some the size of American footballs, for sale (and eating) during the holiday.  Themes for this year are traditional, with ornate chocolates made in the shapes of hens, rabbits and birds nests.  Top chocolate shops, including Maison du Chocolate, Lenôtre , Pierre Herme, A La Mere de Famille, Jean Paul Hevin, Hediard, ServantDebauve & Gallais, all have different creations, with ornate eggs, chocolate bears, chocolate chickens and other hand-crafted chocolate pieces that are available only during Easter. Read More »

Village Saint Paul Brocante — Le Marais

This coming March 14 and 15, a chic brocante will be in the Village St. Paul area of Le Marais, in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris.  In the Jewish Quartier of Paris, Village St. Paul is a well known hunting ground for fine antiques, arts and food.   One of my favorite antique shops in all of Paris –  Cassiopée– which specializes in fine silver, is located here. Read More »